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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 23rd-ranked Ohio State women’s gymnastics team tied a school record on floor exercise, but it wasn’t enough to overcome several falls on balance beam and uneven bars as the Buckeyes dropped a 196.175-193.575 decision to No. 11 Michigan Saturday night in St. John Arena.%^$

%^$Ohio State (0-4, 0-1 Big Ten) scored 49.45 on floor to tie the school record, set April 1, 2000, at the NCAA Region 4 Championships. Jill Tucker (Sr., Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Western Reserve Gymnastics) and Sarah Spring (Jr., Burke, Va./Capital Gymnastics) led the charge, as each scored a career-best 9.95 to tie the individual school record. The mark now has been set eight times. Tucker has tied the mark twice, with her other 9.95 coming last season vs. West Virginia.%^$

%^$All five scoring Buckeyes on floor notched at least a 9.8. Despite the record, Spring and Tucker settled for second place as Michigan’s Calli Ryals scored a perfect 10.0 to claim the floor crown. It was typical of the entire night, as the Wolverines (4-2, 2-0) were solid throughout en route to a season-high team score, bettering their previous best effort by more than a point.%^$

%^$Ohio State struggled on balance beam and uneven bars, as the Buckeyes counted two falls on beam and one on bars. Spring provided the Buckeyes with a Top-3 finish on uneven bars, tallying 9.85 – an OSU season high – to tie for runner-up laurels.%^$

%^$Laura Sommerville (Fr., Algonquin, Ill./Crystal Lake Gymnastics) took runner-up honors in the all-around (38.45).%^$

%^$Ohio State competed without top all-arounder Shelley Harris (Fr., East Lansing, Mich./Twistars USA), who was sidelined with a sprained ankle.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes return home next Saturday at 7 p.m. to battle No. 7 Minnesota.%^$

%^$Meet Results (Event champions plus OSU results)%^$Team%^$1. Michigan 196.175%^$2. Ohio State 193.575%^$

%^$Vault (UM 48.975, OSU 48.7)%^$1. Melissa Peterson (UM) 9.900%^$ Laura Sommerville (OSU) 9.775%^$ Julie Levi (OSU) 9.750%^$ Jill Tucker (OSU) 9.750%^$ Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.725%^$ Sheri Greig (OSU) 9.700%^$ Rickee Wirtzberger (OSU) 9.625%^$

%^$Uneven Bars (UM 48.925, OSU 48.2)%^$1. Elise Ray (UM) 9.875%^$T2. Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.850%^$T2. Amy Kuczera (UM) 9.850%^$ Mary Beth Doerr (OSU) 9.825%^$ Megan Porter (OSU) 9.800%^$ Amanda Allen (OSU) 9.575%^$ Laura Sommerville (OSU) 9.150%^$ Stephanie Buerkel (OSU) 9.100%^$

%^$Balance Beam (UM 49.075, OSU 47.225)%^$1. Elise Ray (UM) 9.950%^$ Laura Sommerville (OSU) 9.800%^$ Elizabeth Meaney (OSU) 9.775%^$ Stephanie Buerkel (OSU) 9.700%^$ Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.325%^$ Rickee Wirtzberger (OSU) 8.625%^$ Bethany Groskopf (OSU) 8.550%^$

%^$Floor Exercise (OSU 49.45*, UM 49.2)%^$1. Calli Ryals (UM) 10.000%^$T2. Sarah Spring (OSU) 9.950*%^$T2. Jill Tucker (OSU) 9.950*%^$ Tiffanie Janke (OSU) 9.875%^$ Amanda Allen (OSU) 9.875%^$ Rickee Wirtzberger (OSU) 9.800%^$ Laura Sommerville (OSU) 9.725%^$

%^$All-Around%^$1. Calli Ryals (UM) 39.525%^$2. Laura Sommerville (OSU) 38.450%^$

%^$*ties school record